If you want a day away from the beach, there are many things to do in the area.
The island of Tabarca lies just off the shore and is visible from the beaches of La Marina and Santa Pola. It has a quaint walled town, a beach, an old church and a fort, but it is best known for the marine reserve which surrounds the island and for its’ seafood restaurants. If you are a sub aqua diver or just fancy a day snorkelling, then Tabarca is the place to visit. The restaurants all serve traditional dishes such as paella as well as seafood. They all have seaviews.
Regular ferries run to the island from Santa Pola and Alicante.
Rio Safari Park
The Rio Safari Park lies just outside Sanata Pola on the road to Elche. It has theme park style rides, gardens, cafes and restaurants as well as animals. It offers a fun and relaxing day out for the whole family.
Eche is famed for its ‘Palmeral’, which is the remains of once massive palm orchards which give the city it’s unique character. There are still over 110,000 palms in and around the city and the remains of the original ‘Huerts’ can still be seen in many places. At it’s height the palmeral contained over 280,000 date palms. The history of the city dates back much further than the Palmeral which has its foundation in the moorish period. It was also the site where the famous bust of La Dama d’Elx was found in the late 19th Century. This life sized bust dates from a pre-phonecian iberian civilization and is over 3000 years old. The bust is currently on show in the Altamira Palace in Elche on loan from its usual home in Madrid until November 2006. Elche also has a delightful basilica, a fine botanical garden in the Huert de Cura, Roman remains at the site of Colonia Illice, galleries, museums and many squares with cafes and restuarants. Elche has been names a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Quesada Aqua Park
The Quesada Aqua Park offers a fun day out for all the family. It’s safe, it’s in the sun and it’s fun. The Aqua Park is close to La Marina, Guardamar and Sanata Pola. The easist access is via exit 745 on the AP7. The park is open from June to September, between 11am and 7pm. Children under 4 years old get in for FREE.
Located right next to the safari park (see above), Rio Karting offers tracks and go kart hire for children under 4 (in 2 seater Karts so that they can be accompanied by an adult), mixed groups of adults and children, and adults only.
The combination of the safari park and the Karting track make Rio a good destination as a day out for the whole family.
The medieval hill town of Guadalest is a popular day trip. Carved out of a mountain top, Gaudalest offers an interesting look back in time. It offers lots to do with its castle ruins, manor house (containing period exhibitions and a small art gallery), fortified hill top town, quaint shops, museums, lake and breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and down to the Bay of Altea. Guadalest is approximately an hour and half drive from the area around La Marina. It lies in the mountains behind benidorm.
Any of the theme parks around Benidorm make a good day out. Only an hours drive away, they include:
Terra Mitica is one of Europe’s most exciting Theme Parks. Thrilling rides hidden amongst the recreated landscapes of Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Others.
Aqualandia This is a modern water park, with trained staff and excellent facilities, including picnic areas and a variety of restaurants. There are lawns and shaded areas for when you need a break from the sun and the many water slides and chutes are surrounded by dense foliage. Attractions include Niagara, with its beach, caves and calm waters, and the enormous Atlantic Surf pool, which comes complete with waves and is surrounded by the soft circular current of the Amazonas. The Laguna has springboards, rings and nets. Adventureland is designed especially for young children. For more adventurous visitors there are plenty of exciting rides including Black Hole, Rapids, Kamikaze, Zig Zag, Pistas Blandas, Big Bang (the highest chute in Europe) and the newest ride, Splash – a multi-track water jump slide.
Mundo Mar is located right next to Aqualandia, and is Costa Blanca’s premier Marine and Exotic Animal Park. Lush lagoons filled with Flamingos, dolphins, seals, turtles, and more.
Terra Natura is not your average Amusement Park. It offers you an amazing trip through different Eco Systems and Recreated Cultures. Travel through the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Admire lush flora, exotic wildlife, handicraft demonstrations, and much, much more.
If you are new to the area, finding your way around can be a bit of a challenge. We can provide guided tours to any of the attractions listed on this page or any of the others on this site.
If you are interested in tours or to be driven to any of these attractions please contact us via the the contact page. Alternatively, text a landline number including country code and area code, and a time of day to call (between either 10am to 12am or 8pm to 10pm), to 0034 646 281 912, so that we can call you.